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none of this or these?

Dear Richard, In your blog of the recent topic you discussed you wrote: "Now what about the terms used for black Americans? The following terms, which were considered acceptable in their day, were Negro, black, Afro-American, and now African-American, although black is still used. Why was there a need for those changes? None of this would bother me if it weren't for the fact that I'm still called white, not European-American. Shouldn't "none of this" be "none of these? if not, then why? ...Read More...

because / as

Can I say, (a) The match was postponed because / as it was raining. (b) Wendy's parents bought a puppy for her as /because she was getting good results.Read More...

Get is Bre or Ame E?

Hello I know "fetch" is a British word and "pick up" is common in U.S.Could someone tell me whether "get" is common in British or U.S.? (the words mean going a place and bringing back them ) - I got my sister from the station. Thank youRead More...

the most recent footage we have

Are these sentence correct: 1-This is the most recent footage we have of the events. 2-This is the latest footage we have of the events. Do they mean: a-they are the ones that we received most recently or b-the ones that were taken most recently?Read More...

Aunt

Do you say aunt for both father's and mother's sister?Read More...

Than was I myself

Hello, Rachel and Richard: Is the inversion in "than was I myself" something usual in such contexts? ---- ... I had always thought of Templer as a far closer and more established crony of Stringham's than was I myself ; and it had never crossed my mind that Stringham might share all the want of confidence that, at least in the earlier stages of our acquaintance, I had sometimes felt towards Templer. Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time, p. 44 ---- Thanks.Read More...

with all

1- With all his warring and ruling, ruling and warring, he seemed slightly aged since the last time those warriors had seen him. Does this mean: a- In spite of all his warring and ruling, ruling and warring, he seemed slightly aged since the last time those warriors had seen him. or: b- Because of all his warring and ruling, ruling and warring, he seemed slightly aged since the last time those warriors had seen him. or it could mean either.Read More...

Meat loaf or meat loaves

What is the plural of 'meat loaf.' I think it would be plural in this sentence -- "I make three different meat loafs every weekend" -- but I am not sure why. Thank you.Read More...

if possible?

Hi, Say that I was asked to write an essay on the topic below. 'Investigate and discuss the biology of 'handedness'. Describe the possible causes of right- vs left-handedness. Discuss the history of discrimination against left-handed people and, if possible , compare to discrimination generally against such groups as women, homosexuals, or ethnic minorities.' How do you interpret the use of 'if possible' above? I mean, Am I given the choice to write on the part that follows 'if possible' or...Read More...

common-sex pronoun?

Dear Richard and Rachel, Since English has no singular common-sex pronoun to be used to avoid sexism, I was wondering why it hasn't yet borrowed or invented a pronoun that works the problem out. I know that some solutions are there like: they, their, he or she, s/he , etc.Read More...

Dear members, please return

Dear Grammar Exchange Members: We notice that some of our regulars have not been posting lately, perhaps due to the posting of aggressive, unpleasant members. We have removed these members from our newsgroup. Please come back, you dear polite old members.Read More...

"only dead fish go with the flow"

Have you ever used, heard or seen this expression? "only dead fish go with the flow" It was used by Sarah Palin recently, but has a longish history( see: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/1910/ )Read More...

economy

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Dear teachers, “We couldn’t fly economy because all the tickets have been sold out.” Please tell me if “economy” is the object of “fly” Thanks.Read More...

Colours and endings

Just for interest: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=21 Well, and a bit of chat. Which adjective for Argentina would you use, "Argentinian" or "Argentine"?Read More...

Which reply?

Dear all, Which one is the best reply to the following sentence? "Don't fail to send your parents my regards." a. You're welcome. b. Thanks, I will. c. Good idea, thanks. d. It's my pleasure. My answer is d: It's my pleasure. Is that right? Many thanks.Read More...

to no end/no end

Are both these Ok? He annoyed me to no end. He annoyed me no end.Read More...

the possessive and rules

How solid is this "rule"? "As a rule, nouns referring to inanimate things should not be in the possessive. Use an “of” phrase instead." http://blog.instructionalsolut...me-or-two-days-time/Read More...

dismissed

Can I say, (a) The pupils dismissed at 2 o'clock yesterday. (b) The pupils dismissed the class at 2 o'clock yesterday.Read More...

Was to/Was going to/Would

I ______ email you but I couldn't find your address. A) was to B) was going to C) would Could you please explain all the choices?Read More...

that

Which are correct: 1- That owner of the house which is on the corner of your street claimed he was burgled. 2- The owner of that house which is on the corner of your street claimed he was burgled. (The sentences are supposed to mean the same. Neither the house nor the owner are being pointed to and the house has one owner only.) 3- Those owners of trucks that were made before 1998 should have their engines checked. 4- The owners of those trucks that were made before 1998 should have their...Read More...

indefinite pronouns

Freud contributed more than ---- to the understanding of dreams. A) someone B) anyone C) no one D) everyone I think B works. What about D?Read More...
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